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MIT Sloan to host Latin America-China Conference featuring faculty, business leaders, and policy advisors

Inaugural forum takes place Aug. 28-29 in São Paulo; available via live stream

August 18, 2014

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MIT Sloan will hold its first-ever Latin America-China Conference Aug. 28-29 at the Sheraton WTC Hotel in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme of the conference is “Prospects and Challenges for Economic Growth.” The conference will also be available worldwide via live streaming.

The event, which brings together prominent academics including four MIT faculty members, business leaders, and policy advisors, features networking opportunities and panel discussions focused on the economic future of Sino-Latin American relations. It is open to the public. Registration is available on the conference website.

“The economies of China and Latin America are interwoven at an unprecedented level and given this level of interdependence, the two regions need to understand each other better,” says Yasheng Huang, associate dean for international programs and action learning, who will speak at the conference.

Chinese trade with the region has surged more than twentyfold since 2000. But growth in China—which is the world's second-largest economy—is slowing down, and the downshift has important implications for Latin America.

“Relative to the level of trade and investments, the intellectual understanding of China in Latin America is low,” says Huang. “We have assembled managers, policymakers, and academics in both regions, as well as scholars from MIT, to delve into issues that may be missing from the headlines of the newspapers and media.”

Some of the conference’s speakers include: Vittorio Corbo Lioi, former governor of the Central Bank of Chile; Jian Gao, former vice governor at the China Development Bank; Ilan Goldfajn, chief economist at Itaú Unibanco Bank Brazil; André Loes, chief economist at HSBC Latin America; Paul Mackel, managing director at HSBC Hong Kong; Enrique Ostalé, executive vice president, president, and CEO of Walmart Latin America; and Alejandro Werner, director of the Western Hemisphere department at the International Monetary Fund.

The conference also features a technology and social media component. All panels will be livestreamed and viewers are invited to ask questions via Twitter during an on-air interactive session. Those wanting to view the session online can register via the website.

“This is an exciting development because it enables anyone who is interested in the future economic dynamics of China and Latin America to take part in this conference,” says Roberto Rigobon, professor of applied economics, who will also speak at the forum. “Both places will benefit from more cooperation and understanding.”